On Monday afternoon in Paris, the great spire of Notre Dame Cathedral collapsed. The roof of this iconic site for Christian pilgrimage is in flames–putting all of its spiritual and cultural history in jeopardy. Will its rose window, made of centuries-old glass, survive the heat? Will a country which so strongly affirms separation of church and state be able to garner funds to make any repairs to this world treasure–should the treasure even exist at the end of the night? Is it even right to spend millions–or billions–on resuscitating a ravaged building when refugees are dying–also in the millions?
We’ve entered Holy Week with stark news before. May we all pray for the city of Paris–for France, and for the Church throughout the world.